History Of The American Freshwater Pearl
Already 4000 year b.c. mussels were a popular feast of the Indians on the Tennessee River.The clam meat was a tasty delicacy, you could process the shells for tools. Also the tone for the ceramic vessels of the time added with crushed sea shells. And sometimes, but only sometimes, a Pearl was found in one of the shells. Dewdrops solidified from the sky would have to be, said indigenous people and decorated themselves so proudly.
Also some thousand years later in Ohio bead necklaces were a popular Native American jewelry. It consisted of natural freshwater pearls with a most characteristic pink hue. The beads were traded over large distances and enjoyed as grave goods of very popular.
When, however, the European conquerors arrived, this interest came to a halt a little.Although initially viewed the Spanish in Florida and Georgia for the lush Pearl Jewelry, which the natives came to meet them, reported by MathGeneral.com. After a few search and plundering operations, however, the activity weakened. Probably also because the beads were not quite the expectations of Europeans.
The big boom only much later. 1857 David Howell a shoemaker prepared to to a few River mussels for breakfast. Promptly he had bad luck: a round bead with a diameter of 25 mm. pitch in the first shell in this respect, was that she was completely spoiled by heat unfortunately. He knew this, he would have not fried certainly the shell! Well, he had good luck in disguise and found several large beads in the next shell. Thus encouraged, he called a friend to help, and the two found a 15 mm bead, which they sold for $1500 to the jeweler Tiffany? a lot of money at a time of a worker’s monthly salary was about $20. It flared up a veritable run on the river Pearl, and a host of fortune seekers tried to make a fortune. This was not particularly difficult, because in the American rivers and Lakes there was to discover some gems.
The pearls were to the wanted luxury goods that was shipped in large quantities in the old world. Just the rural poor? harvested? Mussel beds in rivers with rakes and poles, in the illusory hope that they may find the Pearl in the bivalve molluscs maybe providing a better life for them and their children. Which were decades later? Wisconsin beads? very much in demand. You were first and foremost by its asymmetrical forms and unusual colours. Especially when Jewelers which produced exclusive pearls, Baroque pearls in intense pink – Purpur-or turquoise shades were very popular. Because this very individual pearl necklaces can be finished. Their playful and often irregularly colored tones fit perfectly in the aesthetic ideal of Art Nouveau, and a string of pearls produced from such beads guarantees remained a one-off.
In Wisconsin, a veritable Pearl industry established itself. Dozens of beads purchase settled. Good pieces went on fine jewelry stores, smaller, less good seed beads were processed for medical products or? you listen and weep? exported as embroidery beads to pearls so classic, countries such as India. The downside of this flood of beads whose heyday even dog collars were filled with River pearls, was that demand again. For this, the Pearl was the important economic asset. American Pearl has been processed primarily to shirt buttons, but also in jewellery and luxury articles used, like for example caviar knives with mother-of-Pearl Blade (the blade made of mother of Pearl is traditional, because silver would go to). Pearls were the byproduct of the Pearl industry.
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